RAINSBERGER, DONALD CLARK, AKA "ZIP" 12/23/49 - 6/11/12 "Going Home..." At the dawn of June 11, 2012, Donald Clark Rainsberger passed peacefully while in his sleep after a long battle against lung cancer at his home in Palmetto Estates. Don was born in North Canton, Ohio, and is survived by his two daughters, Melinda Ann and Susan Beth Rainsberger, their mother, Mary Elizabeth Rainsberger, youngest brother, David Rainsberger, and niece of his predeceased eldest brother, Jennifer Tuma. Don was better known as "Boots" during his time in the military, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam for the Army as a Medic, and later serving for the Coast Guard before being honorably discharged in 1978. Following his time served in the armed branches, Boots went to work for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier, and became better known as "Zip." Zip was an impressive man to all who knew him. Full of pride for his country as a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, he earned fourteen military medals, notably the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal. Above all, his greatest pride and joy was the love and admiration he had for his girls. Zip was also grateful for the time he got to spend with his friends and healthcare team, and their enduring support through the end. During his final year of life, Zip endured his illness with great fortitude. He is well known for his positive mentality, legendary strength, and brilliant spirit, which are his legacies. Please send stationaey or donations to Susan Rainsberger at 14301 SW 88 St. #210 B, Miami, Fl 33186. Service information: Folding of the Flag: Monday, June 18, 2012, 7:00 PM, American Legion (16401 SW 90 Ave., Miami, FL 33157); Memorial: Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 7-10 PM, Stanfill Funeral Home. Burial: Arlington National Cemetery. View this Guest Book at www. MiamiHerald.com/obituaries.
Published in The Miami Herald on June 17, 2012